YMMV / Little Caesar

  • Adaptation Displacement: The film gets a permanent mention in all accounts of film history for practically creating the whole gangster genre. What every account leaves out is that it's based on a novel by W. R. Burnett.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: The film attempts to show that hard, honest work will lead to success whilst crime does not pay. It makes the gangster cooler, more interesting, and more important than his straight-laced best friend.
  • Ho Yay: It's strongly implied that Rico is gay and is in love with Joe. Also, Otero likes Rico a lot.
  • Signature Line: "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?"